The Baird Family of Peterhead 

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From the Minutes of the Kirk Sessions:

CH2/300/6  - Peterhead Kirk Session Minutes 

27 May 1810 - Appeared Margaret Fraser, an unmarried woman in Peterhead; and acknowledged that she was with child, accusing Alexander Baird, an unmarried man in Blackhouse of this parish, as the father of her child.  She was exhorted to repentance, and cited apud acta to attend a meeting of Session next Lord's day: and the officer was ordered to cite the said Alexander Baird to the same meeting
 
3 June - Appeared the aforementioned Margaret Fraser and Alexander Baird.  She being interrogated in his presence, adhered to her former declaration accusing him as the father of her child,  He, being also interrogated, acknowledged that he was the father of her child.  And having craved to be absolved from church censure, they were upon paying a penalty of Thirty shillings to the poor, rebuked, exhorted to repentance and absolved.

This child was named Alexander Baird.  He married Jean O'Brien in 1842 and died in 1857.

CH2/300/6 - Peterhead Kirk Session Minutes - 25 July 1798 to 24 Dec 1826

25 October 1812 - Appeared Barbara Davidson, an unmarried woman in Blackhouse of this parish; and acknowledged that she had lately brought forth a child in uncleanness, accusing Alexander Baird, an unmarried man also in Blackhouse, as the father of her child. He likewise appeared; and acknowledged that he was the father of her child. And, having craved to be absolved from church-censure, they were, upon paying a penalty of Thirty shillings to the poor, rebuked, exhorted to repentance and absolved.

This is the same man mentioned above. The child in question here is William Baird, baptised on 24th October 1812. Alexander and Barbara were married on 25th October 1812 - as a symbol of their 'exhorted to repentance '.

CH2/300/8 - 6 February 1844 to 9 July 1882

2 May 1848 - Compeared also Janet Henderson, an unmarried woman in this parish confessing herself to be with child and accusing as the father George Baird, an unmarried man at Buchanhaven. She was cited to appear at next meeting to which the officer was ordered to summon Baird

6 June - Compeared Janet Henderson (see last minute) and adhered. Baird being present and being interrogated, confessed that he was the father of her child. They were both exhorted to repentance and the case was delayed till the birth of the child

5 September - Compeared also Janet Henderson and George Baird (see last minute) craving to be absolved from church censure. They were rebuked, admonished and absolved accordingly.

Isabella Baird was born on 6th July 1848 and baptised on 6th September 1846, the day following her parents' appearance before the at the Kirk Sessions.  For some reason however the couple were not married until 1852.  At the time of the 1851 census, the child is living with her mother at her family's 26 acre farm at Blackhouse.  George, then shown as being a seaman, is residing at his father's 10 acre farm at Buchanhaven. 

From the Seriffs Court:

Isabela Baird in Peterhead had a female child on 11th March 1842 and the father was David Bain, Carrier. She claimes inlying and maintenance expenses.
Ref. SC4/22/5 1844   

Isabella Baird was the daughter of William Baird - (see 1841 census).  She died in 1847 and was buried in Peterhead cemetery.  The child was named Margaret Brown Bain.

'In an action relating to the paternity of a male child born 18th October 1859, at the residence of Ann Sutherland, residing in Peterhead, against Alexander Baird Junior, residing in Buchanhaven, at the Sheriffs Court of Aberdeenshire at Peterhead on the 15th day of January 1860, found that the said child was the illegitimate child of the parents aforesaid . January 30th 1860.'

Alexander Baird was born in 1834, the son on Alexander Baird and Barbara Davidson. Alexander  Junior married Catherine Thomson in 1861.  He died in 1899.


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